Irish Red Cross volunteers are moving patients and elderly residents from care homes affected by high-winds and power cuts, and are providing hot water and power-points to communities without electricity, as storms continue to wreak havoc around the country.
Thousands of homes around Ireland have been left without power, and in some places, without access to clean water. Two Irish Red Cross mobile Support-Units have been deployed, to Bandon in Cork and to Limerick to supply hot water and power-points to charge mobile phones, helping families stay in touch.
Thirteen high dependency patients were transferred from their care home in Clonakilty, county Cork, following a power failure. Whilst in Killarney, last night, a joint operation saw care residents transferred to hospital. In Mitchelstown an elderly couple were taken to a medical centre by volunteers following a request from the Gardaí.
Around the country volunteers are continuing to check on the elderly and vulnerable. Whilst in the areas affected by last week’s flooding, volunteers are continuing with assessments and delivering grant cheques to those most in need.
The first grant payments were made to families affected by flooding in Limerick city. Payments of up to €1000, from the charity’s Ireland Floods appeal, were made to families who have been forced to throw away all of their belongings because of contaminated flood waters. In many homes visited by the Irish Red Cross, everything had been ruined. Volunteers reported that, “The water got into everywhere, fridges full of food had to be thrown away. Sewage in the flood water means that everything had to go – some homes have as little as a teaspoon left to call their own.”
The Irish Red Cross is working closely with the Community Welfare Service within the Department of Social Protection to identify those most in need of assistance from the Ireland Floods Appeal. Donal Forde, Secretary General of the Irish Red Cross, is encouraging people to apply, “If your home was damaged by flooding, please contact your local Community Welfare Officer about Irish Red Cross assistance.”
Families assisted by the Irish Red Cross have suffered varying degrees of flood damage to their homes and have, in some cases, are unable to return home yet and are staying on the floors and sofas of family and friends. In some areas, older buildings struggled to withstand the rapidly rising water causing internal walls to collapse, leaving homes “like building sites”, said one Irish Red Cross volunteer.
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